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7 Coffee Shops Around NYU Ranked for Your Convenience

We bought a latte at each of these 7 cool spots around NYU and compared the experience. Standards for ranking include: quality, price, “can I study?” (as in can you actually sit and work there so you don’t have to waste away in Bobst?), ambience, service, and staff. IMPORTANT: In our heads we’re saying, “can I study?” like A Tribe Called Quest says, “can I kick it?” Don’t forget that.

7.) Bluestone Lane (on 4th and 9th):

Quality:
A little too strong for our liking. Kind of bitter. Also, a size small is really, really small. It could be that the espresso overpowered everything else because it was such a small cup. Still didn’t like the taste.

Price:
$4.36. Would be fair if it wasn’t so fricken’ small. The coffee sleeve was even too big for the cup!

“Can I study?”:
There are a fair amount of places to sit, but the tables are communal and cramped. Plan to be surrounded by a lot of conversation. The seats are uncomfortable metal stools because they’re trying too hard to be trendy.

Ambience:
There’s a nice amount of light that comes through the windows. It’s usually pretty packed. Once, we sat right across from a guy who spent twenty minutes trying to convince his friend that they should hook up with each other. Not a good vibe. They also sell a lot of weird merchandise, like baseball caps that say BL on them.

Service:
Took like five-ish minutes to be made.

Staff:
Meh. Not friendly, not unfriendly.

6.) The Bean (824 Broadway):

Quality:
Pretty good, standard latte. Nothing all that special.

Price:
$4.90, a good price.

“Can I Study?”:
There are plenty of tables, even though they’re usually all taken at any given time and you’ll probably have to wait for somebody to leave. Definitely a good place to sit and do work if you can.

Ambience:
Cute, usually busy, but feels kind of cozy because of it.

Staff:
The baristas talk more amongst themselves than they do to the customers.

Service:
So. Slowwww. Seems like there’s never really enough people working. Usually we find a table and sit down before my coffee is ready.

5.) Madman Espresso (54 University Pl.):

Quality:
Classic tasting, simple. Tastes like what you would expect any latte to taste like.

Price:
$4.50, definitely worth it.

“Can I Study?”:
There’s hardly any space to sit. Like, two tables total. Not many people do, but you could hang out there if nobody takes those few seats.

Ambience:
Very small, feels authentic and homey, nice jazz music playing.

Service:
Very quick! Niceeee.

Staff:
Not very talkative, but very polite and respectful.

4.) Blue Bottle (101 University Pl.):

Quality:
Really really good. Has a specific, rich taste.

Price:
$5.17, definitely worth it.

Can I study?:
Nope. No space to sit besides a few stools in the corner facing the wall. Not good.

Ambience:
Loud rap music playing, they sell a lot of merchandise which crowds the small room. Everything is blue and white. Feels a little too clean.

Service:
Relatively quick.

Staff:
Very energetic and talkative. Maybe a little too talkative. When we were there, the barista was openly complaining about having to work as a barista. Like, dude. C’mon.

3.) Think Coffee (123 4th Ave.):


Quality:
Weaker than most of the lattes on this list. Mellow, smooth taste.

Price:
$4.50, worth it.

“Can I study?”:
There’s so much space to study. Lots of tables and chairs, comfortable and not too loud despite that there’s usually a fair amount of people.

Ambience:
Dim lighting, but a good amount also comes through the windows. Wooden floors and furniture make it feel casual. Cute, relaxed, perfect for students.

Service:
Fairly quick.

Staff:
Very chill, just doing their job. Probably also students.

2.) La Colombe (270 Lafayette St.):

Quality:
Literally so delicious. Perfect amount of milk, specific La Colombe flavor. One of the best lattes we’ve ever had.

Price:
$4.50, more than worth it.

“Can I study?”:
Probably not, because it’s so packed, and it’s kinda loud. If you can get a place to sit, it’s better for hanging out than it is for working.

Ambience:
Busy, busy, busy because it’s so dang good. High energy place. A lot of light comes from the windows and from the lighting inside, with a high ceiling so it feels very open and modern.

Service:
There’s always a really long line but it moves so quickly. By the time you pay your coffee’s basically ready for you.

Staff:
Not much interaction with customers because you order quickly and move on. But there’s a lot of really attractive white guys that are probably working models or something.

1.) Everyman Espresso (136 E 13th St.):

Quality:
A dang good latte. Classic, strong, kind of creamy.

Price:
$5.25. It’s on the higher side, but it be like that sometimes.

“Can I Study?”:
Yes! There’s plenty of tables, unless it’s super packed on a Saturday morning or something but that’s pretty abnormal.

Ambience:
Comfortable, simple, kind of elegant but also feels honest and sweet in that there’s not a crazy amount of decorations or anything. Just good coffee and space to exist. Refreshing.

Staff:
Lots of friendly ladies work there and they know many of the customers personally. Once when we paid, the barista complimented all the folded ones we had bunched together. Called it origami lol.

Service:
Pretty quick. We stood there and watched the barista make our coffee and then paid, and it all took less than five minutes.

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